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Controversial Co Antrim Twelfth parade limited to 15 minutes

Restrictions have been placed on the Stoneyford parade
Mairead Holland

A contentious march through a Co Antrim village can go ahead with restrictions, the Parades Commission has ruled.

The Twelfth parade by Stoneyford Somme and Stoneyford Drumming Club is to take place on Monday.

The group had applied for an hour-long outward march along the village's main street but the commission has limited this to 15 minutes.

The homeward march has been banned.

The commission noted there has been "controversy about parades in Stoneyford for many years" and that "residents of Stoneyford village object to this parade".

It added: "The commission has received information that the organisation Stoneyford Somme and the band Stoneyford Drumming Club have few, if any members, and may exist in name only.

"The organiser has a history of notifying parades for Stoneyford that do not take place. The organiser does not engage with the commission. Despite numerous attempts to contact him, the commission has been unable to do so."

It said that in reaching its determination, it had considered the parade’s "potential for public disorder and the potential impacts upon community relations and community life".

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